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Thursday March 10, 2016

Thursday March 10, 2016


Illinois: Offensive line coach Luke Butkus has become the first official member of Lovie Smith's staff.

Gavilan College (JC - CA): Gavilan College is looking for a running backs coach with possible strength duties as well. This position pays a small stipend and begins immediately. Local applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity to get into college football. Please send resume and references to head coach Mike Dovenberg at

Delta State (D-II - MS): Source tells FootballScoop Arkansas Tech co-defensive coordinator / linebackers Raleigh Jackson will be the new defensive coordinator at Delta State.

Samford: Former Maryland offensive quality control CJ Bennett is joining the Samford staff as assistant quarterbacks coach source tells FootballScoop. Bennett played quarterback under Chris Hatcher while at Murray State.

Arkansas Tech: Arkansas Tech University is accepting applications for a full time co-defensive coordinator. Please forward resume to head coach Raymond Monica to

Want your players to love the weight room? Louisiana Lafayette's new strength coach illustrates the keys

Kent State: Kent State University is accepting applications for a graduate assistant position working with the defensive line. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in all aspects of the program, recruiting, evaluating, and mentoring student-athletes. Requirements: Prior experience coaching or playing defensive line. Must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send resume to No phone calls please.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Coaches, don't become liable for playing a player who has suffered a brain injury. The King-Devick Test is a two-minute, objective, remove from play sideline test anyone can administer.


Ferrum (D-III - VA): Vince Reese has joined the staff as an offensive assistant. Reese spent the last two seasons at Brevard College (D-II - NC) where he served as an assistant coach working with the slot backs as well as recruiting coordinator. The addition of Reese completes Rob Grande's staff at Ferrum.

New Research: Split Field Coverage Variations to Defend RPO Concepts - Playing man coverage seems to be the prevailing adjustment against the new triple option, but its high risk/high reward tendency is pushing 32 percent of defensive coordinators to use another alternative in defending these schemes- split field coverage variations. Versions of hard cover two, soft cover two, cover four, cover six, and robber- which are all predicated on offensive formation- are used to now defend numerous pass contours in the RPO game such as bubbles, slants, sticks, spots and pop routes. Several defensive coordinators illustrate how they are able to do so in X&O Labs new study on Defending Option Concepts. Click here to read an excerpt from X&O Labs special report.

Arkansas Pine Bluff (FCS): Per source, Lincoln (D-II - MO) offensive coordinator Mark Frederick has accepted the wide receivers job.